Rank #1: AAMI Podcast 13- Cybersecurity in Healthcare Technology
With hospital data breaches—and stiff fines—on the rise and a growing black market for patient information, cybersecurity is one of the more pressing issues in healthcare technology. How can healthcare facilities keep patient information secure? How vulnerable are medical devices to attacks by hackers? Ken Hoyme, a distinguished scientist at Adventium Labs, and Izabella Gieras, director of clinical technology at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, discuss the cybersecurity challenge with host Terry Baker. In a wide-ranging conversation, they offer both practical advice and a big-picture assessment of the changing landscape
Rank #2: AAMI Podcast 18- The Changing World of Medical Imaging
Medical imaging technology has advanced considerably in modern times, with the rise of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Factor in the growth of 3D and 4D imaging, along with the integration of imaging with computers and software, and it’s easy to understand why imaging is one of the most exciting areas in healthcare technology. Glen McQuien, director of operations at Modern Biomedical and Imaging Inc., talks about the changes he’s seen in his career and those that are on the horizon. And McQuien, a member of the BI&T Editorial Board, has some advice for hospitals trying to figure out how to make smart purchasing decisions when it comes to imaging technology.
Rank #3: AAMI Podcast 17- Clinical Alarm Management
Hospitals are under pressure to draft and implement comprehensive policies that show they have a handle on the crucial patient safety issue of alarm fatigue. There’s been an explosion in the number of medical devices with alarms and alerts, resulting in a noisy healthcare setting and desensitizing clinicians to the meaning or importance of alarms. With more alarms going off, the intended goal of alerting clinicians to true emergencies has been diminished, and patient safety has been imperiled. Ronald Wyatt, MD, the patient safety officer and medical director at The Joint Commission and Maria Cvach, DNP, CCRN, director of policy management and integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD, talk about what hospitals should be doing—and how they can make a positive difference with effective clinical alarm management. Sponsored by Spacelabs Healthcare.
Rank #4: AAMI Podcast 14- The education of HTM professionals.
What does it take to produce a top-notch healthcare technology management (HTM) professional? Two highly respected educators in the HTM world—Barbara “Barb” Christe of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Frank Painter of the University of Connecticut—talk about the different types of HTM professionals, the academic expectations for each, and how the constantly evolving world of healthcare technology is placing new demands on students and educators alike. The two guests reveal the one thing each would like to change about the education of HTM professionals. Please note that AAMI has several complimentary HTM educational and career resources available at www.aami.org/career.
Rank #5: AAMI Podcast 11- The Big Deal about Big Data
More medical device collect and store patient information and other data than ever before. In turn, these devices are connected to network systems. How can healthcare facilities turn this growing pile of data into something of value? What can healthcare technology professionals do to help their facilities use that data to make sound decisions? Three experts—Andrew Currie, director of clinical engineering at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Howard County General Hospital; John Chang, a clinical engineer at Johns Hopkins and Oracle database programmer; and Carolyn McGregor, the Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology—discuss the promise and potential pitfalls of big data in healthcare.
Rank #6: AAMI Podcast Episode 6-Systems Thinking in Healthcare
The notion of “systems thinking” is one that has been adopted in a number of industries, such as aviation and defense. It’s a concept that’s getting more attention in healthcare as its delivery gets more complicated, technical, and interconnected. What does systems thinking mean? How will it impact how medical devices are designed and used? What does it mean for patient safety in hospitals? A trio of experts debate these questions and others, explaining why healthcare needs to move away from a “blame and shame” mindset and toward a culture that embraces learning from mistakes, more transparency, and greater collaboration. The guests are Kenneth Hoyme, a distinguished scientist at Adventium Labs; Anne O’Neil, an independent systems engineering consultant; and Patricia Trbovich, a human factors specialist with University Health Network in Toronto.
Rank #7: AAMI Podcast 10- Is PM a Thing of the Past?
In this provocative conversation, Stephen Grimes, chief technology officer of ABM Healthcare Support Services, says healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals must rethink the entire concept of preventive maintenance or PM. Given the marked changes in medical devices—with technology that is far more sophisticated and complex—Grimes says the traditional notion of PM is antiquated, and HTM professionals must think instead of “planned or scheduled maintenance.” A continued focus on past PM practices and policies, Grimes says, will leave HTM departments in the position of “blacksmith shops that are trying to support a Boeing 787 or Airbus A380.”ANSI/AAMI EQ89:2015 Guidance for the use of medical equipment maintenance strategies and procedures
Rank #8: AAMI Podcast Episode 9- Risk Management
Increasingly seen as a crucial discipline in effective healthcare, risk management can mean different things to different people, but one common theme is that it can help create a “safe environment” for patients. Jacque Mitchell, RN, a risk manager at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, and past president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and Salim Kai, CBET, a clinical safety specialist at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, talk about what healthcare facilities should be doing to ensure all of their employees think like risk managers
Rank #9: AAMI Podcast 21- Tips to Tackle the Wireless Challenge
What’s the biggest mistake hospitals make in introducing and implementing wireless technologies? “Not appreciating the complexity,” says Shawn Jackman, co-chair of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force and founder and CEO of Clinical Mobility Inc. In a conversation with host Terry Baker, Jackman explains what HTM professionals can do to educate themselves about wireless technologies and provides suggestions for what hospitals must do now to achieve wireless success.
Rank #10: AAMI Podcast 25: Changing Requirements for Quality Management Systems
Recognized by many jurisdictions around the world, the standard ANSI/AAMI/ISO 13485:2016, Medical Devices; Quality management systems; Requirements for regulatory purposes, provides structured guidance to help organizations meet regulatory requirements. In this episode, international quality and regulatory compliance consultant Eamonn Hoxey describes the major differences between the 2003 and 2016 editions of 13485. As we near the end of a three-year transition period for medical device developers and manufacturers to comply with requirements set forth in the 2016 edition of the standard, Hoxey discusses how the new updated version clarifies expectations for manufacturers, providing a much more global, comprehensive, and harmonized approach to meeting requirements.
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Rank #11: AAMI Podcast 12- Digital Health, Bridging the gap between promise and reality.
Digital Health is already a 4 Billion dollar industry and growing. More than 100 new devices are expected to go through FDA approval in 2015. None-the-less there still seems to be a gap in the promise and reality of Digital Health. Dr. Gunnar Tromer from BCG Digital Ventures joins us to discuss how we bridge that gap.
Rank #12: AAMI Podcast 20: Beefing Up Healthcare Cybersecurity
The clinical engineering team at Intermountain Healthcare has a success story to share about its initiative to safeguard its medical equipment from viruses and cyberattacks. Two members of the team, Mike Busdicker and Priyanka Upendra, describe how they conducted a systemic review of all network-connected devices and, working with other departments, came up with a plan to address potential vulnerabilities. They share their tips and lessons learned, and advise all healthcare facilities to embrace cybersecurity management as an ongoing priority.
Rank #13: AAMI Episode 7- Continuous Electronic Monitoring of patients on opiods
Patients being treated with opioids can be at risk for respiratory depression, even resulting in death. A new national initiative spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute advocates the continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids. Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, are co-chairs of this new coalition. They make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change.
Rank #14: AAMI Podcast 26: Building a case for Continous Electronic Monitoring
The literature suggests that if patients had their breathing monitored continuously rather than every several hours, as is the current practice, then a major portion of the injuries and deaths caused by opioid-induced respiratory depression could be avoided. In this episode, Dr. Frank Overdyk, a professor of anesthesiology and internationally recognized expert in the field, shares his insights, including reasons for the slow implementation of this technology and strategies to help build the business case for the practice.
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Rank #15: AAMI Podcast 24: Deveoloping an AEM Program
What's the optimal way to perform device maintenance? Although implementing an AEM program can save healthcare facilities time and money, the concept has caused confusion for many in the healthcare technology management community. To start, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines AEM as "alternate equipment management," whereas The Joint Commission uses "alternative equipment maintenance. Through the recent publication, AEM Program Guide: Alternative PM for Patient Safety, author Matthew Baretich seeks to cut through the confusion by offering practical, real-world guidance for implementing a well-crafted AEM program and remaining compliant with applicable standards and regulations.